Thursday, December 26, 2013

Each month, I am sharing a personal post with a letter to my son. A group of mothers and photographers joined together for this project to preserve memories and share our love for our little boys. Please follow the link at the bottom of the post and complete the circle to see all the beautiful photos and heartfelt letters.

Dear Abram,
Without you, this year wouldn't have been as fun, challenging, or full of laughter. This was a year of you mostly sleeping in your own bed but sneaking in after bad dreams a couple nights a week. Your vocabulary grew and you started to read - making Daddy and me so proud! Some other big accomplishments include no more "Pull Ups" at night and being able to buckle your own car seat.
Your love of superheroes grew to the strength of obsession. Batman, Iron Man, Spiderman. Any made up superhero you could think of as long as you were wearing a cape. (Ice Man and Red Man come to mind.) And they all make this face:
And your innocence, sweetness, love is what makes you so you. Sometimes you "just need to be alone for a little while." You get sad sometimes and tell me you are thinking about how much you miss Hawk or Jack (the dog and cat that are no longer with us) or how you wish a friend would play with you more at school. Every night when it is time to close your eyes after Mommy reads, Daddy reads, and you read, you say that you are going to think about how much you love us while you try to sleep. And of course the magic of Christmas was extra special for a 4-year old. You had two requests for Santa: a Bumblebee Transformer to hook onto the big Optimus you have and a telescope so you can see "the second start to the right." I didn't think I could love you more, but when those sweet words came out so matter of fact, I had to.


I hope you felt my love as much as I felt yours this year.
You are the best, kid.
I love you,

If you aren't finding some way to journal/blog/document, 2014 may be a great time to start. I am so glad I found this talented group of loving mothers to inspire (and remind me!) each month. Follow through this month's circle of letters with Alise Kowalski Photography | Kansas City Photographer.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

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This boy was chowing down on some apples during our visit to the orchard, and he managed to hold still just long enough for a bite or to toss another apple into the basket. I think he had a good time!
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